Summer weather tips

Tips for dogs on hot days

Topic: How do I teach my dog to run free

Author: Nuyvilaq Working Dogs

Reading time: 5 min

Dogs can only lose their heat by panting. They have no sweat glands except in the soles of their feet. Dogs get warm quickly so make sure that your dog has a place in the shade in warm weather. Never leave him or her in a car or a warm tent/caravan! Every year dogs still die that have been left in the car by the boss for 'just an errand'. Why is it that dog owners continue to underestimate this risk?

Dog vs Human

With warm weather, the temperature in a stationary car can quickly rise to 50 or 60 degrees! It is dangerous for almost every creature to stay in such a hot room, but what many people do not know is that dogs also suffer from the heat much faster than people. At an outside temperature of 15 degrees it can already be dangerous for the dog to stay in the car that is in the sun. When an owner leaves his dog in the car, he or she probably thinks: 'Oh well, those few minutes won't hurt' or: 'I'll open the window a crack and be back in a minute'. The crucial fallacy that is made is that one assumes one's own human capacity to be in those circumstances for a few minutes. As a human being it is also not pleasant in a stationary car on a summer day, but a person can hold out for a while before he really overheats. The owner thinks: 'A few minutes should be possible, because I can also sit in the car for a few minutes without any problems'. However, this does not apply to dogs.

Burning feet on asphalt.

Why the dog can't stand heat.

A dog easily jumps into an icy sea, he can handle it much better than we humans. But above 20 degrees, most dogs are often no longer forward. Dogs can't sweat like we can. In addition, they have a fur, which can make the dissipation of heat even more difficult. Dogs only have sweat glands in the soles of their feet, but this surface is far too small to lose their heat quickly enough. In addition, dogs lose heat through their tongue by panting, but this ability is also very limited. The use of a muzzle or snout collar on hot days is life-threatening for the dog, because then he cannot pant at all to lose his heat. Short-snouted dogs usually have difficulty breathing. In hot weather, these dogs have even more difficulty breathing, because they have to pant extra to lose the heat. The panting can also irritate the airways, making the situation even more unpleasant for the dog.


At a body temperature above 42 degrees, body proteins will clot. The blood becomes viscous and cannot be pumped properly through the body by the heart, so that the vital organs do not receive enough blood and are irreversibly damaged. The panting itself also generates heat, which further aggravates the situation. An overheated dog becomes lethargic, listless, panting and often drooling and may vomit. The dog will refuse to get up at first, but can later become very restless and panic. Eventually he will lose consciousness, fall into a coma and die. A very unpleasant way to end your life.

What to do?

So on hot days, don't assume for your dog the way it would feel for you as a human in a certain situation, but don't take any risks:

Do not leave your dog in the car, caravan or other small enclosed space at temperatures above 15 degrees, not even in the shade or with the window open. Better yet, never leave the dog in the car at all.

Never transport your dog in a car without air conditioning on summer days.

During a summer day it can also be unpleasant for the dog on the street or on the beach. Asphalt, stones and sand become scalding hot in the full sun, so that the dog can burn the soles of his feet and also has less ability to dissipate the heat through his soles. Avoid these surfaces and let the dog walk on grass as much as possible.

Do not let the dog lie in the sun for too long, even if he chooses to do so himself, and make sure that he always has access to fresh (not too cold) water.

Do not put a muzzle or snout collar on the dog on hot days.

There are also special cooling belts and cooling jackets for dogs for sale. This can be pleasant for the dog with the warm weather, but do not leave him in a too warm room with these accessories.
Only use these cool products under supervision because the material (which absorbs cold water) is toxic, so your dog should not chew them

Of course, make sure you have enough fresh drinking water.

Do not let your dog(s) play in the water at high temperatures, that can be just as dangerous as playing wild on dry land, perhaps even more dangerous because the water makes the dog feel the heat much less, is often much more active and not to forget they ingest too much water (water intoxication) When they come out of the water, the heat will heat the fur (especially our double-coated breeds) which can cause the body temperature to rise to dangerous levels very quickly. If the body temperature is too high for a long time, the proteins coagulate, this damage can NEVER be repaired. Just look at a boiled egg, you will never get the protein back in its life in the liquid form once it is boiled.

Dogs can also burn. Apply sunscreen to thin-haired areas.

Plan long walks at the beginning or end of the day and don't cycle with your dog if it's a very hot day.

Don't play wild games with your dog, most dogs will go on until they drop dead, you are there to protect them from that.

On the basis of Article 2.1 of the Animals Act, it is prohibited to harm the health or welfare of an animal. As the owner of a dog, you are therefore even punishable if you leave your dog in such circumstances. With the help of the above tips it doesn't have to come to that and you can enjoy the summer with your dog.